Tree Of Life
A virtual gallery event and emergency relief fundraiser with 100% of profits going to Indian artisans
Kalamkari work is painting done on cloth using a bamboo stylus and natural dyes, and Mata ni Pachedi employs this technique, but with a unique twist. Across the centuries, invading forces swept across the landscape time and time again, and temples, with their idols of gods and goddesses, were targets of destruction. The Mata ni Pachedi cloths, depicting scores of goddesses and their legends, became moveable temples that could be saved from desecration. The Chitara family’s Mata ni Pachedi cloths still adorn places of worship during festivals and communicate vital cultural heritage to worshippers and appreciators of their artistic virtuosity.
TREE OF LIFE ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS
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Depicting everything from the divine to the cheeky, Kalighat painting is a traditional medium that’s ripe for modern insight in the hands of a master artist.
Exquisitely detailed Gujarati kalamkari painting, still rendered by hand in the tradition of eight generations of master craftsmen.
SHAMLU DUDEJA & MALIKA VARMA
Kantha, the famed running-stitch embroidery of Eastern India, is taken to new heights of artistry in the hands of SheKantha’s artisans.
Adiv Pure Nature
Luxurious garments and accessories, created in pursuit of a sustainable fashion supply chain and innovatively using dyed herbs and the floral blessings left at Mumbai temples.
Traditional Kutch Weaving
A 4th generation master weaver from the Sarli village located in the rural Kutch region of India, Rajan Vankar crafts one-of-a-kind textiles.
A folk art tradition that carries echoes of the ancient past, Warli rice-paste painting captures the life and traditions of a tribal people.
Master Ajrakh Artist
Sufyian Khatri, world class artisan and textile maker, carves his own woodblocks to create intricate and vibrant patterns for his hand-crafted textiles. Khatri’s natural dye block-printing studio is located outside of Bhuj, in the Kutch.
Thilak Reddy is a talented young artist originally from Kalamkari, Andhra Pradesh, a town along the Coromandel Coast of India that has long been famous for the production of mordant-painted and -dyed textiles, popularly known today as kalamkari (literally “pen work”).
Gohar Sajjid is a founding member of SABAH Pakistan and currently serves as the organization’s co-Chairperson. She mastered the art of embroidery at a young age and supports her fellow embroiderers with marketing and design assistance. Gohar currently lives in the village of Bhutri in Haripur District, Pakistan.
Sudarshan Artisan Collective
a thriving artisan collective that aims to preserve and promote traditional techniques and motifs found in folk textiles from India by creating contemporary designs and products.